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Living Life is about being a parent, giving tips for home management, finance, humor, love, and everything the day throws your way.

July 1, 2019

What Everyone Needs To Know About Cruising To Save Money

How to Save Money on a Carnival Cruise

How to Save Money on a Carnival Cruise

I know cruises can get expensive so I am going to offer you some tips that will keep the memories flowing and your wallet intact. A cruise is the best money saving vacation you can take by far. I can’t tell you how happy and excited my children were to go on a Carnival Cruise. We went on the Carnival Paradise cruise with my sister and her three children. We called it cruising with cousins and it was a great vacation to take since it will be one they will remember forever.

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June 30, 2019

Craziest Travel Tip You Never Thought Of

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tide. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mom! Yes? “I landed in the mud, and all I can see are my knees.” Me, “Not again” in my head. The words that come out are, “Are you okay?” The first thought is, how am I going to get that mud out of your shorts? You know since I packed three bottoms for you for 6 days?”

This should be an uncommon sentence and scenario. You know one you hear “sometimes.” It isn’t however. It is a version of something I hear on every family trip we take. It is as inevitable as breathing air that someone will get so dirty that throwing their stained clothes in their suitcase when we travel will contaminate the rest of their clothes and I will have to wash it all, or worse than that, they will ruin their clothes. You know, because the concept of not wearing more than one outfit a day alludes my fashion forward child.

This scenario, or the one where they miss their mouth while eating ice cream, dinner, breakfast, etc. led me to a money and time-saving travel tip.

I learned a long time ago that doing laundry would be a part of our vacation. I know. You are trying to travel to get away from chores. But I found that doing laundry on vacation save me both time and money.


The first thing I do is have the kids pack light so they can use carry-on bags for travel. Then I am not stuck buying the more expensive tickets or paying for baggage fees which can add up to $50 each child round trip. I am allowed to check one bag free because my husband travels a lot and has “status.” If his status came with someone to clean up after the kids, that would be more appealing. If I had to pay for my bag, I would just do what the kids did and pack a carry-on bag. I could use the same technique as the kids, although it would limit my shoe collection. Also, I make sure I pack some Tide Laundry Detergent for laundry on the go.

You don’t have to bring the whole container you can pack a couple of the Tide PODS Ultra Oxi for your trip because they don’t take up much room. AND right now they’re up to 50% off – lowered from $11.97 to only $5.97 starting on 6/30 at Walmart. That’s $6 savings! It makes dollars (not cents) to get in on this deal. I put them in a small plastic container when we travel. I usually bring one POD per day on vacation since the five of us can create a lot of laundry daily.

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What Makes a Good Dad?

This Father’s Day we celebrate the men in our lives for being Fathers. When we think about the importance a Father has in a child’s life it is immeasurable. I think one of my favorite memories of my husband was when he was on the phone with one of his friends and he has said, “being a Dad is the best thing I have ever done.” The fact that my husband was on the phone in the first place was a miracle and the fact that he was explaining how much his kids meant to him was priceless. We often talk about what being a good parent means. It is something we struggle with often. How do you balance love with responsibility? How do you encourage your children to become and do more? My husband makes his point that it is our relationship that will most influence our children. It is what we model that they will take with them when the move on to having a family of their own. It is his job to put us first and make sure we have everything we need. It still warms my heart that every night he comes home from work and the kids climb into his chair with him and he reads them a book.

The fondest memories I have of my Daddy are of us laughing and hanging out. Yup, still call him Daddy well into my 30’s. I know I have a lot of the same traits as my Daddy. I defiently have the same desire to make people happy and buy in bulk. My Daddy also does everything big or not at all. I remember we had the idea to make cookies. We went to the store and he bought the ingredients to make enough cookies for a small country. I am pretty sure we made cookies with those ingredients for a year. I also think back and now realize how your decisions were made based on our best interest. It is funny prior to having kids you never realize how much you do for them.  I know that my Dad and my Mom gave up a lot to give my sister and myself what we needed. They often went without to make sure we had.

I have to say if there was a recipe for making a good Dad it would include all the elements that make up my Daddy and my husband.

Father’s Day Tradition

Gifts for Dad

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Free Printable Wedding Budget Checklist

Free Printable Wedding Checklist

Free Printable Wedding Checklist

So you’re getting married?? Congratulations! One of the most important things to keep in mind (before you go crazy with wedding details) is to sit down with whoever is helping you pay for the wedding and make out a free printable wedding checklist. This will help you see what it is you can do with your budget. It will also help you set your expectations for your wedding with what you can and can’t do. So I thought I would share with you the free printable wedding checklist I used for my wedding! Enjoy!Continue reading

How to Fix a Straw Hat

Learn How to Fix a Straw Hat

How to Fix a Straw Hat

How do you fix a straw hat?

There are a couple of ways to save your straw hat. I know I really need this post because I frankly ruin my hats. I have kids and they always get crushed. That is why it is so great to know that you can reshape your straw hat.

How to reshape straw hats

The first thing you need to do is get gloves, a heat source that will produce steam. You can use a steamer, iron, or a tea pot. Then you will need towels and something heavy to hold down the hat.

reshape straw hat

Those straw hats can be fixed to its former glory. The way that I reshaped mine was to stuff it with a damp towel. Then I put on my gloves and steamed the hat once it was wet I stretched it and put cans on top of it until it dried.

reshaping straw hats

I have also used this method on how to fix a straw hat You start again with a damp towel and fill the portion of the hat where your head goes. Then you put a damp clothe under the brim of the hat. You then put a towel on top. You turn on the iron on medium heat.

straw hats reshaping
straw hats drying

Then you will need to let the hat dry. Do not attempt to put it on until it is dry. You can also put weighted items on the top of the hat until dried. This is a great way rescue those straw hats.

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May 20, 2019

Are Your Papertowels Magical

I now have Magical Towels. Jealous? Do you want to know what makes them magical? Well. let me tell you why I needed magical towels.

I was looking for a solution to my husband’s paper towel issue. I used to wake up thinking he would wrap me in paper towels. You see he is one of those people that uses four paper towels for a tiny spill. He uses paper towels to wrap things. He uses paper towels to line drawers. He is a paper towel waster. He is so bad I began dreaming that he wrapped me in paper towel to keep me fresh like the veggies.

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